Thursday, 19 January 2012

Cameron Dillard Interview

Canton (MI) guard Cameron Dillard is drawing national attention—along with interest from home-state schools Michigan and MSU—and has already garnered offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan. The 6'3", 280-pound junior is a member of the ESPNU 150 watch list and recently showed his skills with the nation's best underclassmen at the Army All-American Combine. Dillard also trains with former Michigan strength and conditioning coach, Mike Barwis on a day-to-day basis.
Cameron Dillard


Here's the full transcript below:

SimplyComplex: How are things going with you on the recruiting front?

Cameron Dillard: My recruitment is going well. I think I should have a big spring based on all the work I have put in this off-season so far.

Simply:  How many offers are you sitting on right now?

Dillard: Right now, I have (5) offers that include Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan. 

Simply: Growing up in Michigan, you've been around the UM-MSU rivalry for a long time. Which team is your favorite and why?

Dillard: Actually, I only moved to Michigan 6 years ago, so I can’t say that I have a favorite. Both teams are great.  Also, I didn’t realize how intense the rivalry were between the two schools until I was fortunate enough to attend the game this past fall in East Lansing.

Simply: You had a very impressive junior season. What differences did you notice about your play in your junior season compared to your sophomore season?

Dillard: Considering that I worked with Mike Barwis from the summer of my sophomore year and throughout my junior season, I thought I was more athletic, explosive, and I was able to move better on the field as well as get to the second and the third level blocks. Additionally, I worked with Lomas Brown on pass protection, which was a blessing. 

Simply:  You've had the opportunity to train with Mike Barwis on a weekly basis. How has Mike helped you grow and develop as a football player?

Dillard:  Mike and the rest of staff have been great to work with. As I said earlier, I feel working at Barwis Methods in Plymouth, MI has made me more athletic and explosive in my movements.

Simply: What kind of training does Mike have you do?

Dillard: Mike has me doing same Strength and Conditioning program that he implemented at both Michigan and West Virginia. That way, when I get ready to go off to college, I will be physically and mentally prepared for the rigors of the weight room.

Simply: How much do you like working with him?

Dillard: It is fun. Every day is a new challenge. I cannot thank my parents enough for the opportunity to work out at Barwis Methods.

Simply: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now, and which schools would you like to hear more from?

Dillard: There are several other schools showing a great deal of interest including Michigan, MSU, Clemson, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Indiana to name a few. However, there are other schools in the Pac 12 that I feel are gaining some momentum as well. As far as places I would like to hear more from, I would say any school that feels I can best fit into their offense.

Simply: You're obviously a very talented player and being a top recruit certainly has its negatives and positives. How have you handled the recruiting process so far?

Dillard: I have had the support of my family and friends through this whole process.

Simply: How do you stay humble during the process?

Dillard: I realize I have an obligation to my family to work hard because I have blessed with football skills that I can use to get an education as well as bring support to my community. 

Simply: You recently attended the U.S. Army All-American Combine. How was it?

Dillard: It was a great experience. While in San Antonio, I had a 28.5” vertical and bench pressed 185 lbs. for 35 reps. I still have some work to do on my pass protection, but I feel it has come a long way in a year. I consider myself a road grade machine. In fact someone said to me just the other day, “How many IHOP’s did you open this season?” because of all my pancakes on the field. I thought that was funny.

Simply:  Which coaches have you been hearing from Michigan? 

Dillard: I have got to talk to Coach Hoke a few times while I was in San Antonio and when I was at the All-State Dream Team banquet. Also, I have talked to Coach Jackson and Coach Mattison. All these coaches have been real positive with me.

Simply:  What factors will play a big part in your decision?

Dillard:  It is my three A's for a school. These things are athletics, atmosphere, and academics.

Simply:  Pretend like you are scouting yourself. What are some areas that you'd like to improve upon, and what are some areas that you excel at?

Dillard: Well, I am consistently known as a dominant run blocker. In fact, I would call myself a “Grinder.” I like going out on the field and grind my opponent for 4 quarters. I think I have a wide body to take up space, but I can move in that space which makes it difficult for defensive players. One thing I wouldn’t say is a strength but is slowly becoming an asset is my pass-protection skills. Our team is primarily run dominant, so I was blessed enough this off-season to work with Lomas Brown on my pass-blocking skills. Lomas helped me with my pass sets and trying to work on different angles to keep the defensive linemen away from the quarterback. Also, Lomas worked with me on my punch by showing me how to time the punch and where to strike. In the end, by combining both the run and pass blocking skills as part of my arsenal, I think I can be a complete player for any college program in 2013.

Simply: Do you plan on attending any summer camps or junior days?

Dillard: Yes, I will actually be at Indiana this weekend for Junior Day followed by Clemson next weekend and West Virginia on Feb. 11th. I visited Michigan State in December, so hopefully I will be able to get up to Michigan in the spring for spring ball.

Simply: Do you have a timeline for when you'd like to make a decision?

Dillard: Not at this moment. I guess whenever I get that gut feeling the school is right for me, then I will make my decision.

 Cameron Dillard Junior Film:

49 comments:

  1. Davon,
    Nice report. It looks like he needs to add a couple of pounds. Good foot work, moved well and he followed thru with his blocks.

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  2. Thanks Jer.

    He definitely needs to bulk up in able to reach his full potential.

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  3. SimplyComplex is Jordan Diamond committed to Michigan

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  4. Does anybody know what happened with Marvin Robinson and his trial

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  5. preliminary hearing delayed until maybe February for Marvin Robinson. Robinson is cooperating with the prosecutor to resolve the issue possibly without legal proceedings.

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  6. Darin-I don't believe that Diamond is committed.

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  7. rumors are that he did via ondre pipkins twitter and 24/7 forum

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  8. So if UM takes 6-7 OL in this class, would it be safe to assume they only take 3 or 4 tops in years to come? Seems like alot, guess our 2 deep @ OL will become 3 deep! Same with LB, wouldn't make sence to take 5 again.

    Just a guess what I think '13 will look like.
    4OL, 4DL, 2-3 LB, 4CB/S, 4WR, 3TE, 2RB, 1QB
    for a total of 24-25. Close? Way off?

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    1. Smokey your probably real close. Davon says UM will have 18-21 scholarships available next year. So lets say they take 21. UM will continue to stock up on O linemen, D linemen, WR and TE. I think it maybe something like this.
      4 O linemen
      4 D linemen
      3 WR
      2 te
      2 lbs
      2 CBs or s
      2 rbs
      1 qb
      1 ath.
      How close am I?

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  9. Pipkins made a joke about a potential commit being related to Kay Jewellers. Jewel = Diamond = Jordan Diamond? Maybe that's what he was hinting at, or maybe he's a smart guy and knows that a Garnet is another type of jewel, Garnet = Josh Garnett. I don't think either of them have committed yet, but Michigan has a good chance of landing one out of the two.

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  10. Smokey-Michigan will only have about 18-21 scholarships next year.

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  11. Ok thanks. So pretty much take 3 at each position exept RB (2), and QB (1). Can afford to be more selective when you only go after three, take the best players available just like the draft

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  12. Nobody committed. Our first commit will come (hopefully) from either Kozan or Grant, both of whom may decide over the weekend. No word will come from Diamond until after he's visited Wisconsin and Garnett is not going to let anything slip, he's expressed how important it is to keep his decision secret til he announces.

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  13. I doubt it will be Kozan. He'll probably end up elsewhere.

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  14. I like Garnett because he can be moved inside and we have two true tackles in Kalis and Magnuson. Diamond is another true tackle. Who would we put in the middle if Diamond were the last OL we landed? I still feel that Garnett is much more likely, however.

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  15. I believe Kalis is moving to guard, atleast that was my feeling on the whole thing. After the AAA game he said more comfortable as a guard.

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  16. Did anyone else hear about Dantonio blowing up at the MHSFCA clinic? When Hecklinski was awarded his 15 minutes to speak to the coaches, Dantonio interrupted him saying "We're not here to listen to this. Move on!". All the other speakers, coaches, high school coaches were appalled. What a fucking clown.

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    1. That was very classless of Dantonio.

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  17. I watched the film of Devin Funchess. I would love to see him move to WR. He is big with ok speed. Just think his height would help UM more at WR then he could at TE.

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  18. Camren Williams has committed to OSU. That does not help UM in landing Reeves. Looks like the luckeyes are well on there way to oversigning. And it only took Meyer a couple of month to do so.

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  19. Man, ohio is getting a lot of players that other programs wouldn't/couldn't take. Schutt was turned away by UM and ND. Perkins didn't have the grades for UM or ND. And we didn't take Williams because we are full at LB. I wonder how much fit/scheme plays into who they land. Not much, probably.

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    1. There is only a couple of there commits that I worry about. Spence, Washington and Pittman. Thats it. But I am sure UM OL will handle them just fine. In fact I would be very surprised if Dunn does not transfer after his second year.

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  20. I read on a message board that one of MSU 4 * player has to go to JUCO
    to get his grades in order. Is this true? I still don't know how they got Burbridge, Arnett and maybe Madaris to commit there?

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  21. @Simply Complex What happened with the Jordan Payton visit

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    1. Arnett never gave UM a chance to offer him. They were getting ready for the Sugar Bowl. Beside UM will be just fine at WR next year.

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  23. Reeves friend Williams just committed to osu

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  24. @Jer

    Burbridge was a MSU fan growing up so that's why he wanted to go there.

    Arnett never got offered by Michigan. I am assuming because its very difficult for players to transfer to Michigan.

    Madaris they will most likely get because Michigan stopped recruiting him. Michigan was done recruiting WR then they changed their minds. If a school stops recruiting you for a couple of months while all the other schools are going after you hard then the school that stopped recruiting you just before singing day wants you back you probably are going to tell them to hit the road. I would anyways but that's just me.

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  25. UM's '14 WR class is not looking good. We will have just 3 scholarship receivers not counting 2013 and 2014 class and including this year's class. So that's Jerald Robinson as a RS SR, Jehu Chesson as a RS SO and Amara Darboh as a RS SO assuming they both redshirt. I think we need to get another receiver in this class no matter who it is. Other receivers we'll have in the year 2014 is Bo Dever a RS SO and Jonathan Keizer a RS JR. This is also assuming Funchess or Gant does not switch to WR.

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  26. Darin-Payton canceled his in-home visit because he scheduled an official visit to Washington.

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  27. Does this mean we are done with Payton or are they going to schedule another visit.

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  28. I am assuming they are not done with him yet because they still are looking for another receiver

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    1. Yes I am sure Payton will commit to Washington this weekend.

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  30. Just read on ESPN that Yuri Wright got expelled from his High School for the twitter comments

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/recruiting/football/story/_/id/7484495/yuri-wright-twitter-posts-cost-college-scholarship?eleven=twelve

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    1. Not that old..didn't it happen today? Article was only posted about 3 hours ago..

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    2. It was reported yesterday. Sorry

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    3. jer89, sorry hes not as smart as you. hes just trying to give out info like the rest of us. maybe hes not on his computer 24/7 like u.

      GO BLUE

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  31. Who is the walk-on that everybody thinks will make the most difference for michigan out of this years class last years class and 2010. And who is everybody looking forward to seeing out of all those guys

    -Darin AKA Will

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  32. The player I think will make the biggest impact is DE Chris Eddins, OT Graham Glasgow, WR Bo Dever, and OT Dan Gibbs. The player I am looking forward to the most is OG Gary Yerden. He set the state record at powerlifting so we know he already has great strength

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    1. Don,t believe Yerden is with the team anymore and Gibbs is not on the team. Hoping Glasgow can add some valuable depth to the Oline.

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  33. Michigan has 14 4* recruits between Scout/Rivals and 247!

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  35. Did you just call the interview "insignificant babble"? You do realize that these kids have yet to sign their LOI right? The best source for info is other recruits. You posting this on here is "insignificant babble" if that's how you feel. Come on man, let's get real here. The interviews are great sources for getting to know these kids and what their plans are, not too mention what their thoughts are on Michigan.

    You, sir, need to throw the helmet on and read carefully.

    Good work Simply. Keep 'em coming. I enojoy reading.

    As always, GO BLUE!
    Shane P. out.

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    1. Thank you very much! I enjoy doing these interviews.

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  36. that is a pretty cool interview, I had read another interview of Cameron Dillard at Hostpph and he did not talk that much like on here

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